All Paint used is waterborne paint which greatly reduces the amount of VOC's (Volatile Organic Compounds).
All spray applications (including, basecoat and clearcoat applications) are performed in a spray booth or ventilated and enclosed prep station. This minimizes painter's and other workers’ exposures to harmful components of paints and coatings during spray applications.
Our painter wears a full body paint suit to avoid skin absorption of toxins as well as impermeable gloves to prevent solvents and other skin irritants from coming in contact with the skin.
Spraying occurs in a downdraft spray booth with sophisticated HVLP (high volume, low pressure guns). Use of HVLP spray guns can significantly reduce overspray which will reduce harmful emissions and save paint. Water-borne paints are also nonflammable; therefore, they reduce the risk of fire.
Woodman Collision uses automated gun cleaners to reduce painters and technicians exposure to harmful cleaning solvents by allowing them to perform part of the cleaning process remotely. Automatic cleaners also typically reuse solvents in the cleaning process which reduces solvent waste.
Most car manufacturers also use waterborne paint at their factories; therefore, we can better match your vehicle's paint and cause less harm to the air we breathe. Here are just a few examples of the extra steps Woodman Collison takes every day to help ensure the protection of our environment and our employees.
Our spray booths have commercially insulated walls to keep in heat, and the booths use afterburners to quickly increase the heat. They also have programmed timers that shut off automatically, reducing the use of heat and electricity.
To reduce energy usage, we use fast-dry paint products and infra-red/UV-B lights to cure paint and shorten the duration of the spray booths' bake cycles.
Our technicians are ASE Refrigerant Recovery and Recycling Certified to comply with industry standards and regulatory requirements for refrigerant recovery and recycling.
Excess paint and thinner is always recycled. Residue is washed off with a water-based gun cleaner to eliminate fumes and eliminate solvent-based thinner use.
We recycle all plastic bumper body parts and sheet metal parts.
We’re constantly researching new ways to change the industry, as well as the way we interact with our environment.
In 2008 we converted to waterborne paint products. We are the first shop and still the only shop in the Alton area to adopt this new "waterborne" paint. We are proud to be leaders in this technology. Simply put, solvent-based coatings use chemical compounds as the main solvent for thinning pigment solids. Although effective, this method releases Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) into the atmosphere. Waterborne coatings use water as the primary solvent which greatly reduces VOC emissions. These waterborne coatings deliver exceptional results in a way that is environmentally responsible.
For a shop that mixes an average of 2 gallon of basecoat per week, the move to waterborne saves over 600 lbs. of VOC annually……That’s the equivalent of eliminating the emissions of more than 200 cars per year.
We use water-borne paints which reduce solvent fumes meaning cleaner air and a healthier work environment.
Waterborne paint = Less solvent fumes = Cleaner air + Healthier environment